A Turkish amateur league football club has transferred a player by paying him with Bitcoin , in what the club chairman said is the first signing of a player in cryptocurrency. Harunustaspor chairman Haldun Sehit told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency late Tuesday that the club paid player Omer Faruk Kiroglu 2,000 Turkish liras worth of Bitcoin (0.0534 Bitcoin) in addition to 2,000 Turkish Lira ($540).

Sehit told Anadolu the club decided to sign Kiroglu with the cryptocurrency to make the team known “in Turkey and the world.” Sehit said: “God willing, Bitcoin will bring us the championship.” The club competes in the first division of Sakarya’s Amateur League. Bitcoin , the world’s most popular virtual currency, allows people to buy goods and services and exchange money without involving banks, credit card issuers or other third parties.

It has a fuzzy history, having been used by hackers to demand ransom and for the purchase of illegal drugs online. But recently it’s become more popular with a different crowd: speculative investors.

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